Public Hearing On Tesoro Xylene Project

Tesoro needs a “Shoreline Substantial Development Permit” for its proposed xylene operations at March Point. A County Hearing Examiner will hold a public hearing on November 2, 2017, at 9:00 am at the Commissioners’ Hearing Room in Mt. Vernon to make a determination. This may be the last chance to comment on Tesoro’s proposal.

Tesoro plans to produce 15,000 barrels per day of xylenes and to supply “cleaner local transportation fuels.”  This would add five additional vessels a month to local traffic and a “Vapor Combustion Unit” connected from the dock to an upland facility.

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To join with others to make our voices heard, visit the Commissioners’ Hearing Room on November 2 at 9:00 am, (speaker sign up opens at 8:30 am).

Written comments can be posted online at or hand delivered or mailed to Planning and Development Services, Attention: Kathy Jewell, 1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 no later than 4:30pm, Wednesday November 1, 2017.

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Tesoro proposes building the Clean Products Upgrade Project (CPUP). The CPUP includes additions and upgrades to Tesoro's existing Anacortes facility in order to produce 15,000 barrels per day of mixed xylenes and to supply cleaner local transportation fuels. Mixed xylene is a compound found in gasoline, and is used to make clothing, plastics and other synthetic products. Tesoro anticipates approximately five additional vessels a month would be needed to support the production and shipment of mixed xylenes.

Tesoro has applied for a Shoreline Substantial Development Permit in accordance with the Washington State Shoreline Management Act and the Skagit County Shoreline Management Master Program. The portion of the CPUP that is within shoreline jurisdiction includes a Dock Safety Unit (DSU), which would be located on the existing refinery wharf, and a 3-inch natural gas line that would be constructed to run from the DSU to the Vapor Combustion Unit, which would be located in the upland area of the refinery. Both are a part of the proposed Marine Vapor Emission Control System.

A staff report from Skagit County Planning and Development Services (PDS) will be available online on Thursday, October 26, 2017.


09:00 AM


Commissioners’ Hearing Room, 1800 Continental Place, Mt. Vernon